Advance ticket purchase advised!Although not essential, it’s highly advisable to buy a ticket in advance for this event to book your place on the vintage train.

10th & 11th November 2018
Our Edwardian and Victorian wooden carriages will be running with re-enactments of soldiers returning from the war, to mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of the great war.


World War 1 Commemoration Events at Embsay Station & Village Hall 

Period trains will be running to our standard single train timetable Saturday and Sunday. There will be re-enactments of soldiers coming home at 1pm & 2:30pm at Embsay Station on Sunday 11/11/18.

Our waiting room at Embsay will have displays of information relating to railway staff who left for the front and did or, unfortunately, did not return.

There will be a slide show relating to World War One.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the model railway will not now be present.

On Saturday & Sunday the Embsay with Eastby Village Hall will also display WW1 information on the men who went off to war from the villages, together with other presentations on the subject. See their information & schedule at


A vintage bus will be running from Skipton High Street to the Station & Village Hall at regular intervals during Sunday.

During the period of World War 1 our Steam Railway ran beyond Bolton Abbey and connected with  Ilkley, Otley and Leeds as well as Skipton.

After the War and over a period of time demobbed soldiers were given railway warrants in order to return to their home towns. They didn’t all return at once but when it was known a number would be due back on a certain train, then residents would gather at the station to welcome them back.

You may have heard of the Skipton Academy students who re-enacted the departure to war from Settle station in 2014, and gained many plaudits for their performance including at the latest Grassington Festival. These performances went under the title of Tunstill’s Men. The teacher in charge of those performances has undertaken to have a group of his students re-enact the return by train of the soldiers.


Vintage Bus Service (Sunday)


Armistice Day Commemorations


We recommend tickets are bought in advance - especially for special events (although our ticket offices can supply tickets on the day of travel too). For Santa and Dales Dining trains pre-booking is essential.


Period vintage rolling stock will be running


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